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”Varför ska ni stänga ner skolan?”: OM EN SKOLAS BETYDELSE I ETT ”SEGREGERAT” OMRÅDE
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 2017 a junior high school in Vivalla, a local area in Örebro, Sweden described as a “segregated” area, was closed. The decision was partly made based on a belief that it would increase integration in the city, which motivates the purpose of this study; How can a schoolclosure affect a local area concerning social inclusion or exclusion? The study also discuss themeaning of place; what a school can be and provide for a community on different levels.Interviews were made with seven individuals who had different roles concerning the school;teachers, parents or individuals who were members of different local organizations.The interviews indicate that having a school in the local area created a meeting spot forcommunication for the whole community. This opened for cooperation with parents or localorganizations that could assist when communication failed. Thanks to its geographic locationthe school also provided “extra efforts” such as different training programs for parents orbeing described as a link to the “Swedish” society.Intentionally strong feelings of exclusions and being left out in the political process wasexpressed, like being “left out of the society”. The decision felt like just another thing thatincreased stigmatization the area already suffered from. Despite the negative experience itwas expressed that the new schools could integrate and include pupils from Vivalla and otherareas in the city. On the other hand, the new schools doesn’t seem to be as active in the localcommunity as the old junior high, probably because of the geographic distance. If challengesoccur with language barriers or transportation for the parents, the now missing link to the areaand the non-cooperation with local organizations could possibly lead to more social exclusionfor the parents and the local area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. , p. 54
Keywords [en]
School closure, segregation, stigmatization, community, place, social inclusion
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-80096OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-80096DiVA, id: diva2:1394901
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Civics
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Available from: 2020-02-20 Created: 2020-02-20 Last updated: 2020-02-24Bibliographically approved

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